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View Poll Results: Should developers be able to rent out Rack Extensions?
Yes 23 48.94%
No 24 51.06%
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Old 2012-10-16, 03:21
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Originally Posted by joeyluck View Post
Unless folks are voting from their personal view of whether or not they themselves would rent a Rack Extension? Perhaps that's the case? But, that's not the point of this poll. I tried to avoid this, as well as place emphasis on the purpose of this poll by asking "Should developers be allowed to rent out Rack Extensions?"
First, this poll carries the implict assumption that developers are NOT allowed to rent their own software. Any software company, whether they're creating REs or not, have the complete freedom to sell their apps outright, rent them, swap them for other apps or trade them for fruit and vegetables, given them away for free or any other form of physical, financial or morally rewarding return.

The fact that very very few developers choose rental as a system means that they have been unable to come up with a system that benefits their business.*

Secondly, your poll is all personal view. You can't start a poll based on your personal view and then ask others to contribute impersonally. I've offered the business side of things: not only does renting this cheap software devalue their brand and increase complexity of accounting in a niche market, it doesn't fix your core problem: collaborating with another musician who has REs you don't.

This isn't a problem of developers being limited. This is a problem with thinking getting access to gear even cheaper than it already is will make you a better musician. Lots and lots of people were having a crapload of fun and innovation with Reason before REs came along.

Your poll should have been "Is there a demand among Reason users to rent REs for an extra 30 day period if the fee was about 15% of the retail price?[/QUOTE]

* There are companies, LARGE companies, that have moved to a subscription-based model for their software, now resident in Cloud-based services. A notable one is Adobe software, makers of Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Acrobat, Premiere. Basically, you pay a monthly fee for continued use of their products, which includes updates.

The difference here is the software collections are often over thousands or dollars or euros, and that these are full apps, not plug-in enhancements for existing software, and the user-base is ENORMOUS. That, coupled with security and update issues taken care of at the source, make rental/subscription a viable solution. Microsoft Office is also moving this way.

Very few businesses see value in renting something that costs the price of a date.

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